Synopses & Reviews
In 1997 journalist Karin Evans walked into an orphanage in southern China and met her new daughter, a beautiful one-year-old baby girl. In this fateful moment Evans became part of a profound, increasingly common human drama that links abandoned Chinese girls with foreigners who have traveled many miles to complete their families.
At once a compelling personal narrative and an evocative portrait of contemporary China, The Lost Daughters of China has also served as an invaluable guide for thousands of readers as they navigated the process of adopting from China. However, much has changed in terms of the Chinese government?s policies on adoption since this book was originally published and in this revised and updated edition Evans addresses these developments. Also new to this edition is a riveting chapter in which she describes her return to China in 2000 to adopt her second daughter who was nearly three at the time. Many of the first girls to be adopted from China are now in the teens (China only opened its doors to adoption in the 1990s), and this edition includes accounts of their experiences growing up in the US and, in some cases, of returning to China in search of their roots.
Illuminating the real-life stories behind the statistics, The Lost Daughters of China is an unforgettable account of the red thread that winds form China?s orphanages to loving families around the globe.
Breathtakingan unforgettable story. The Lost Daughters of China
describes not only the tragedy of social engineering but the healing power of a mothers love.
Iris Chang, author of The Rape of Nanking
Not only an evocative memoir on East-West adoption but also a bridge to East-West understanding of human rights in China.
Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetters Daughter
Perceptive and moving.
This bestselling journalistic memoir explores Chinese and American culture at a unique point of intersection: the baby girls who, each year, are abandoned in one country and adopted in the other.
A revised and updated edition of the national bestseller.
An instant classic upon publication in hardcover in 2000, The Lost Daughters of China presents both a compelling and informative look at the Chinese adoption process. In this book, Karin Evans tells the story of adopting her daughter Kelly, who was one of the hundreds of thousands of infant girls who wait for parents in orphanages all over China at any given time. Evans artfully weaves this personal account with extensive insights into the conditions that have led to generations of abandoned Chinese girls and a legacy of lost women.
Recently, the Chinese government has made many significant changes in their policies with regard to international adoption, and in this fully revised and updated edition Evans addresses these changes. Many of the first girls to be adopted from China are now in their teens (China opened its doors to international adoption beginning only in the early 1990s), and Evans also includes in this edition moving stories of these girlsa experiences growing up in the United States, and in some cases, returning to China in search of their roots.
The Lost Daughters of China is a beautifully written portrait of Chinese adoption.
About the Author
Karin Evans, a former editor at Outside magazine, senior editor for Health magazine, and senior editor for the San Francisco Examiner's Sunday magazine, was a founding editor of Rocky Mountain Magazine. Evans spent two years working at Newsweek's Hong Kong bureau.